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Poster: donuil Date: Nov 9, 2008 6:48am
Forum: texts Subject: Full-Text Search the Texts Archive with Google

Ah! This is a breakthrough for me. Everyone else probably does it, but I thought just in case anyone didn't know about it I would post it here.

The breakthrough is not just searching IA through Google Advanced search, as it is quite obvious, but searching a particular part of IA. Searching the entire domain 'archive.org' is very cumbersome as the site contains a lot more than just e-Books (the only part I'm really interested in).

Restricting the search to archive.org/details/texts, the home page of the Texts Archive, returns no results because no books are stored under that URL. BUT, if you go onto any book's page and click on the link to 'Full Text' you get the plain text version of the book. The full plain text version is stored/linked to under 'archive.org/stream/booktitle'. So searching "poetry site:archive.org/stream/" (minus the quotes) in Google is equivalent to doing a full-text search, for which there is currently no option on IA, unless you use the defective Beta OpenLibrary.org full-text search. This will also search all the Google books on IA for which full-text is available.

And of course under the Google Advanced Search you can set a lot of options for refining your search.

Link to test search for 'poetry': http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&;q=poetry+site%3Aarchive.org%2Fstream%2F&btnG=Search&meta=

I'm happy!

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Nov 9, 2008 2:34pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Full-Text Search the Texts Archive with Google


Just so you know, Google Book Search seems fundamentally broken. I guess it's better than nothing but is highly variable. Check my post at Ask Metafilter


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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffrkumar Date: Dec 4, 2008 10:59pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Full-Text Search the Texts Archive with Google

openlibrary.org also provides full-text search to the 1 Million+ books on archive.org


The full-text search box is at the bottom..

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